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Quick and Easy Sautéed Kale

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Oh, another year has gone, and we’re now staring New Years in the face. I distinctly remember thinking that by the time we were in the 2010’s, hover boards and flying cars would totally be a reality. Alas, my tires still wear out on the mom wagon, and the last news story I saw showed one of these new “hover boards” (definitely not the Michael J Fox version) bursting into flames. I think there may be a few kinks to work out… But amid the reality of time passing, there’s always a place for fresh garden goods making their way to the dining table. And this easy sautéed kale recipe has quickly become a favorite at our house. 

easy sauteed kale

The traditional southern New Year’s Day fare is black eyed peas and collard greens (that has a great bit of assonance, don’t you think? My fellow literary and poetry lovers will get this.) It just so happens that I found this great little recipe for slow cooker black eyed peas over at Skinnymom.com; it was a total winner. I love anything I can put in the slow cooker and not have to check on all day.

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Easy Sautéed Kale

Now, the problem with our New Year’s fare comes with the fact that my hubs doesn’t love collards and neither do the kids. (Although my Balsamic Bacon Collards did win over the hubs.) Who wants to go through all the effort of cleaning and cooking collards if I’m going to be the only one eating them?  So we found some middle ground and decided on kale. He likes it. It takes 2 minutes to make. Winner winner.

I love to grow greens, especially kale, in the garden, but this year, my late summer/early fall kale crop did less than nothing, so I had to go with the store bought variety. This kale recipe is so easy and delicious; it’s always on standby as a quick side dish at our house. And I also do a much simpler version of sautéed kale for my Kale and Havarti Quiche recipe, which is equally delicious and meal unto itself. 

chopped red onion, garlic, and kale on wooden cutting board

Easy Sautéed Kale Ingredients

8-10 cups cleaned and chopped kale (you can do this yourself or buy it this way)

1/2 red onion, sliced

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar (and more if you like an extra tang)

1/4 cup water or chicken broth (more if needed)

Olive oil

How to Saute Kale

  1. Heat large skillet over medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil. When pan is heated, add onion. Sauté 4-5 minutes, until they begin to soften, then add garlic.

red onion and garlic sauteeing in a stainless pan

2. Once garlic becomes fragrant (be careful it doesn’t burn), add in large handfuls of chopped kale (pile it in!). Add water or chicken broth. Immediately put the lid on your kale, and in 10-20 seconds you’ll see the kale wilt significantly.

3. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar over the top of the bright green kale and remove from heat. Add some freshly ground pepper and salt to taste. Serve immediately. 

Even the littlest gardeners at our house will eat this up.

And the benefits of adding kale into your diet, whether sautéed or raw, are endless. It’s even worth the occasional kale piece getting stuck in your teeth. If you love kale, then you know what I’m talking about. Enjoy this Easy Sautéed Kale recipe with just about any main dish, or add some protein to the kale and you’ll have a meal ready to go. 

white plate with black eyed peas, sautéed kale, and a roll.

Serve with your black eyed peas and ring in the New Year like a boss!

I’d love to know what you serve your kale alongside, or what you plan to eat more of in the new year! Happy Gardening!

Yield: 4 servings

Quick and Easy Sautéed Kale

Quick and Easy Sautéed Kale

From garden to table, this quick and easy sautéed kale recipe is the perfect side dish. And it's ready in 10 minutes!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8-10 cups cleaned and chopped kale (you can do this yourself or buy it this way)
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar (and more if you like an extra tang)
  • 1/4 cup water or chicken broth (more if needed)
  • Olive oil

Instructions

    1. Heat large skillet over medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil. When pan is heated, add onion. Sauté 4-5 minutes, until they begin to soften, then add garlic.
    2. Once garlic becomes fragrant (be careful it doesn’t burn), add in large handfuls of chopped kale (pile it in!) and then water or chicken broth. Immediately put the lid on your kale, and in 10-20 seconds you’ll see the kale wilt significantly.
    3. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar over the top of the bright green kale and remove from heat. Add some freshly ground pepper and salt to taste. Serve immediately.

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